Destination guide

The lively city of Upstate New York awaits you

The area's festivals and live music are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Upstate New York. Renowned for its lake, university setting and waterfalls, this city welcomes all visitors. For a bit of culture, visit Erie Canal Museum, Museum of Science and Technology or Roberson Museum and Science Center. Whether you're planning a family vacation, friends trip or romantic retreat, HomeAway has a great selection of vacation homes. Many rentals come with a full kitchen and separate dining area, perfect if you need a space for entertaining.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Upstate New York

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit in the city? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Upstate New York a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Rosamond Gifford Zoo (26.4 mi / 42.5 km)
  • Airborne Adventures Ballooning (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • Whisper Wind Equestrian Center (10.2 mi / 16.5 km)
  • Sylvan Beach Amusement Park (10.9 mi / 17.6 km)
  • The Wild Animal Park (11.4 mi / 18.4 km)
  • Owera Vineyards (12.4 mi / 19.9 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the waterfalls and other natural features in Upstate New York

Travelers enjoy Upstate New York for its lakeside setting and riverfront. Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Upstate New York is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Onondaga Lake Park (28 mi / 45.1 km)
  • Oxbow Falls Park (4.5 mi / 7.3 km)
  • Great Swamp Conservancy (8.3 mi / 13.4 km)
  • Verona Beach State Park (9.6 mi / 15.4 km)
  • Chittenango Falls State Park (10.6 mi / 17.1 km)
  • Stone Quarry Hill Art Park (12.9 mi / 20.8 km)
Transport

How to get to and around Upstate New York

Fly into Rome, NY (RME-Griffiss Intl.), the closest airport, located 17.1 mi (27.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.), which is 23.5 mi (37.9 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Rome Station, Utica Station and Utica Union Station are the main stations in the area. You can get around Upstate New York by catching a ride on the metro at University Station, Lasalle Station or Amherst Street Station.

Where to stay around Upstate New York?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 4,424 holiday lettings near Upstate New York. From 1,349 Cabins to 2,047 Houses, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover Upstate New York area.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Upstate New York?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Upstate New York. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Adirondack Mountains: 2,485 holiday homes
  • Canada: 27,654 holiday homes
  • Ontario: 7,591 holiday homes
  • Great Lakes: 27,643 holiday homes
  • Lake Huron: 4,068 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Upstate New York! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Upstate New York?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Upstate New York with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Kawartha Lakes: 355 holiday lettings
  • Ottawa: 321 holiday lettings
  • Prince Edward: 377 holiday lettings
  • Long Lake: 132 holiday lettings
  • Lowville: 74 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Upstate New York?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Upstate New York are:

  • Smiths Falls, ON (YSH-Montague): 47 self catering accommodations
  • Alexandria Bay, NY (AXB-Maxson Airfield): 222 self catering accommodations
  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF): 206 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.